Kerry Moore, of the Boyne Tannum Community Centre, unpacks an exhibition about the 2011 Queensland floods.
Kerry Moore, of the Boyne Tannum Community Centre, unpacks an exhibition about the 2011 Queensland floods. Mike Richards

Art exhibition depicts emotions of 2011 Queensland floods

EMOTIONS of grief, loss and hope were shared by thousands of Queenslanders during the floods in 2011.

Artist Deb Mostert has captured these emotions in her touring exhibition, which focuses on the devastation felt by victims.

The exhibition is open at the Boyne Tannum Community Centre.

Mostert hopes to convey the stories of victims. Over a year, she talked with people who had objects salvaged from the floods that hit Queensland in 2011.

She saw value in recording the stories of recovery.

"I painted them as precious artefacts, on a plinth or in a niche or the lone item on an empty shelf, alluding to the things lost that are no more," she said.

"It's people's memories and experiences held in those inanimate, strangely pathetic and often puzzling objects, which sings and assures me again that value is assigned by anything other than monetary cost."

Mostert made paintings based on objects that were salvaged from floodwater by people from her own community of Goodna, and Ipswich and Brisbane.



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